June 26th, 2021
Yahoo! News, Business Insider
Eric D. Anderson, the firm’s senior trial counsel, spoke to Yahoo! News and Business Insider about the sentencing of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. In the Yahoo! piece, Eric, a former prosecutor, gave his predictions about the June 25th sentencing hearing and offered an analysis on what aggravating factors might determine the sentencing length.
“He was in a position of authority,” Eric told Yahoo! News. “He was dealing with a victim who was particularly vulnerable, because at the time Mr. Floyd is handcuffed and he’s on the ground, surrounded by cops, he’s in their custody and care.”
In his interview with Business Insider, Eric expressed doubt that Chauvin’s 22.5-year sentence will lead to far-reaching accountability for police misconduct: “It is really hard for me to not see this as a blip because I’m not completely confident that as a society we are ready to hold officers accountable. Had it not been for the camera footage that was taken, this would have been swept under the rug like every other offense that Chauvin was involved in and he had a lengthy history of complaints about abuse.”
Read the Yahoo! News article.
Read the Business Insider article.